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N.Y. GOP Goes Back to Drawing Board After Special

But former Rep. Tom Reynolds (N.Y.), who headed the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 2004 and 2006 cycles, said Tedisco had earned the right to run again next year if he wants to, even though he is likely to face a primary challenge.

Reynolds added that Tedisco’s campaign — and the efforts of state and national Republicans and their affiliated groups — often seemed a step behind Murphy’s and the Democrats’ during the special election, particularly on the advertising front.

“Most people that I respect believe that the presentation made on the Democrat side was better than it was on the Republican,” he said.

Reynolds, like other Republicans interviewed for this article, said the state GOP apparatus simply was no match for the public employee unions and other interest groups pulling votes for Murphy.

“The state Republican Party is in deep trouble in its ability to put organizational support in that district, or frankly, in any district,” he said.

Many Republicans expect shake-ups in the months ahead in some of the county GOP organizations in the 20th district, and possibly in the state party itself.

But one Republican insider familiar with New York said analysts should not lose sight of the fact that Tedisco, according to his own poll taken at the beginning of the special election, had 50 percent of the vote and never progressed as the campaign unfolded.

“Tedisco’s team was in over their heads from the start,” the GOP insider said. “It was painfully obvious watching every misstep along the way.”

The insider said that, as a result, if Tedisco wants to run for Congress again, he’ll meet some resistance.

“I don’t think there’s going to be much of a stomach to see a Tedisco reprise,” the Republican said.

Faso said Monday that it’s premature to speculate about whether he’ll seek the Republican nomination in 2010. He also declined to give any timeframe for when he might make a decision.

Little spokesman Dan Macentee said Monday the Senator has no interest in running against Murphy in 2010.

“She intends to run for New York state Senate in 2010,” MacEntee said. “That’s not expected to change.”

GOP insiders also expressed the fear that even if a Republican wins the seat in 2010, Democrats, who already hold a 26-3 edge in the Congressional delegation, will find a way to eliminate it following the 2010 Census, when the state is expected to lose one or two House seats.

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